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Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s easy to be Green


Just did a quick search to find a photo for this week’s challenge.  While this may not be the best fit, this guy seems to be enjoying his green surroundings……  I took this in the very early morning at one of the stops on a European River Cruise a few years back.  I found this statue on a wall just off the empty main square of a beautiful little town (can’t remember the name right now).  I loved the look on his face, the natural flora, and even the bikes parked nearby.  I still find this photo relaxing and a nice reminder of that solitary morning.

A natural smile…..


Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop


Feeling lazy so I’ll take the easy way out this week and choose another photo from Edinburgh for this week’s challenge, atop.  This is a fairly regular view from “atop” one of the hills surrounding Edinburgh.  Although it is a normal view for postcards, you can understand why it is popular as it gives you a nice vantage point for the primary sights of the city.  In particular, the clocktower on the right centre of the photo is on the beautiful Balmoral Hotel, to the right of that is the Scott memorial (to Sir Walter Scott), and to the left is the Edinburgh Castle high on another hill.  I normally don’t like to take views from above cities (skyscrapers or observation towers) because they seldom provide a view into the character of the city.   I think this view is different in that it is not high enough to hide the character of the main buildings and it provides a nice overview of where everything is……

Nice view of Edinburgh’s sights

I should mention that the memorial in the foreground is to Dugald Stewart, a Scottish mathematician and philosopher of the 17 and 1800s.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish


I hate to climb on the church related responses to this challenge but we recently had the opportunity to do some photography in and around St. Giles cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.  It was a rainy couple of days so I was able to get some external and internal shots of this beautiful church which dates back to the 1100’s and was rebuilt in the late 1300s after a fire destroyed much of the original structure.  I am not normally drawn to take lots of photos of cathedrals but I found this one to be very photogenic and we also used it as a refuge to stay out of the downpour.

Rainy Conversation

 

I took this first photo not long after we arrived in Edinburgh.  There were actually quite a few people on the rainy streets but this long exposure “ghosted” most of them out of the picture.  Even though the photo was taken over a period of about 50 seconds, the two ladies in the foreground kept chatting for the entire time so they were captured along with the cathedral.  I liked the context they added so I didn’t reshoot the picture or try to remove them in processing……

Almost 1000 years of wishes

The next photo is of one of the main chambers of the church.  The lighting was low but dramatic and yielded just enough color to make the stone building seem warm on this stormy day.  Any time I am in a historic place of worship such as this one, I cannot help but to try and imagine the different ways the people lived during the lifetime of the building and how their hopes and dreams differed over time while at the same time remaining fairly constant in theme.


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken


We had lots of roads taken over the last week as we were in Scotland, London, and Ireland.  Many of the roads were very shiny as it was raining- a lot.   On our first evening in Dublin we went wandering around the city looking for a place to eat and have a drink.  We ended up right in front of the famous Temple Bar so  I took a couple of shots there before we went on to eat and drink elsewhere.  In any case, we were glad to see it and we went on to a great night on the town in Dublin.

The road taken but a door not opened.....

The road taken but a door not opened…..


Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambiance


To me there is no better example of ambiance than a sunset – especially along the coast or up in the mountains somewhere.  Combined with reflections off the water (in this case, a very low tide) there is nothing better to set a beautiful and colorful mood.  This photo is taken of the crystal pier in Pacific Beach just as the sun sets right on the horizon.  Hope you enjoy the calm and peaceful feeling of this photo on a sure to be tumultuous week…..

Breath in and smell the salt water.....

Breath in and smell the salt water…..


Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizons


There’s nothing that signifies a new beginning or horizon to me better than the sunrise of a brand new day.  It gets even more exhilarating and significant when that new horizon happens to be looking to the sea with the sun rising in the east.  I took this photo in Poipu beach, Hawaii last year.  The colors of the sky were in stark contrast to the black lava rock that rims the coastline.  A worthy sight and memory to begin any day or any endeavor.

Colors and Contrast

Colors and Contrast


Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify


I decided that my recent trip to the Eastern Sierras would provide good material for this week’s challenge “transmogrify”.    I chose this photo from the Trona Pinnacles for the challenge because of  two factors.  The first  is that the pinnacles are a drastic and out of this world change from the unappealing town nearby.  That is one of the reasons that it has been chosen for many hollywood films, from sci-fi features to “Top Gun”.  The second reason is that the pinnacles become even more impressive during changes in lighting such as sunrise and sunset.  This photo was taken just at sunset before the stars and the milky way made their appearance.  The transition of colors in the sky and the shadows of the pinnacles was rapid and dramatic.  Well worth  the stopover……

Trona Transition

Trona Transition


Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O


It took me a long time to get to the last photo challenge but here is my interpretation of H2O – in 3 physical states.  I took this photo early on our trip to Svalbard, Norway.  This area was one of the first glaciers we came across after our first night on the good boat Polaris.  It was a gloomy morning until the sun started to burn off some of the clouds and the mist near the glacier.  I caught this scene just as the fog (gaseous H2O) was lifting over the Glaciers (solid) and the Fjord (liquid).  It was quite a spectacular sight – the photo does not do it justice but it was a great first morning on our Arctic journey…..

Serene and Scenic

Serene and Scenic

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror


We had plenty of opportunities for this “mirror” challenge while in the Arctic region of Svalbard, Norway.  I chose to use this photo from a glacier bay that was being fed by 5 different glaciers.  The bay contained uncountable chunks of ice floating around – ranging from small icebergs that had calved off the glaciers to much smaller pieces of ice that the glacier had ejected.  This “mini-berg” had been inhabited by many kittiwakes who were preening themselves in the mirror-like reflections in the bay.   A beautiful late afternoon Arctic scene….

Cold Kittiwakes

Cold Kittiwakes

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow


What better way to meet this week’s challenge than with a place actually called “the Narrows”.  This is a very popular hike within the Zion National Park in Utah.  The hike is actually in the water of a slot canyon that cuts through the incredible geography of the area.  At one point in the hike, where the canyon walls close in to only a few yards across, it is an incredible sight – especially in the morning light.  I took this photo of my wife Dee and our friend Sarah standing in the Narrows a few years back.  Hope you enjoy the scene as much as we did during our perfect hike.

Canyon Fever

Canyon Fever